Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Ever wonder why Muslims get so worked up about the prophet Mohammed? Here’s why. (Religion Dispatches)
- On a similar note, Salman Rushie reveals what its like to live with a fatwa on your head. (The New Yorker via Religion Dispatches)
- It’s an Islamic trifecta! Ten myths about Muslims. (HuffPo)
- The Temple Scroll is a Dead Sea text which describes an elaborate ideal temple. Also, no Gentiles allowed. (ASOR Blog via Rogue Classicism)
- It’s the Jewish High Holy Days, why not get to know your challah? (NPR)
- Not hungry? Then maybe learning to blow a shofar is more your speed. (HuffPo)
- Living inside the matrix isn’t so different from Gnostic ideas of the world. (PaleoJudaica)
- Here’s some tips for those of you thinking of being a queer-identified godparent. (Feminism and Religion)
- The medieval period was rife with demonology, but where did their ideas come from? (Medievalists via @davidbmetcalfe)
- Amy Hale weighs in on the academic pressure to publish or perish. (Academic Mercenary)
- Those of you who have trouble distinguishing a Wiccan from a re-constructionist may want to learn more about the different kinds of pagans out there. (Aiden Kelly)
- Love it: Thoth, Neoplatonism and the Golden Dawn. (Nick Farrell)
- Can’t get your tarot cards to give you a proper answer? Try this ancient Babylonian diviner’s prayer. (The Digital Ambler)
- Finally, you may have heard of the Ecce Homo, a famous portrait of Jesus that was voluntarily restored by a church parishioner with hilarious (or calamitous!) results. Here’s a twist you didn’t see coming: Now that the church is getting extra donations, the woman responsible for the debacle claims she’s owed a cut of the proceeds. Presumably so she can go to art school—or into hiding. (Jezebel)
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